June is a bittersweet time in the life of a teacher. We take deep sighs and look forward to summer vacation. We see just how much our students have grown.
Still we think about how much we'll miss these kids next year! Here are a few tips on how to make this June meaningful for us.
What did these students teach you about your practices?
What will you carry over into your teaching next year?
What was your greatest success (or surprising success) this year?
What will you try differently next year?
Answer these questions in two parts. The first part should be an honest answer about what you did. The second part should be an action. What action will you take because of this reflection? Write it down in the form of a promise to yourself and your future students. Do it now, before you forget. September is so overwhelming! Use the answers to these questions as the springboard to the professional reading or conversations you might do over the summer (although you don't need to take that too far either! Make sure to relax!)